Risk sensemaking

Robert P. Gephart , Max Ganzin

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Risk sensemaking, a common feature of everyday life, is the verbal, intersubjective process of noticing, interpreting and explaining actions and events to assess their potential to become risks and dangers that produce extensive harm. It is the primary agentive process (Emirbayer & Mische, 1998) through which intentional choices and actions are made to influence risk, crisis and emergency management, and an important focus in social research (Lupton, 1999; Gephart, Van Maanen, & Oberlechner, 2010, p. 141).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge companion to risk, crisis and emergency management
EditorsRobert P. Gephart, C. Chet Miller, Karin Svedberg Helgesson
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315458175
ISBN (Print)9781138208865
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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